Cyanogen has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will see Microsoft apps and services built into Cyanogen’s new mobile operating system. Cyanogen has been trying to take Android away from Google, and it looks like it is turning to Microsoft to fill in the gaps that are left behind by removing Google’s stock apps.
The European Commission has formally announced that it is opening an anti-trust probe into Google’s business practices. This probe concerns the way Google ranks search results for goods and services, as well as a secondary look into whether Android is creating stifling innovation and creativity.
It appears that the Nexus 4 will also be receiving the Android 5.1 Lollipop update, which is pretty surprising. As the Nexus 4 was released back in November 2012, it wasn’t supposed to receive any further update as it has passed the 18 months update window set by Google itself.
After being delayed for two weeks, Cyanogen OS 12 is now available on the OnePlus One. Unlike OnePlus’ own OxygenOS which needs to be manually flashed, the Cyanogen OS 12 update should be available via OTA, seeing how existing OnePlus One smartphones are already running Cyanogen OS.
If you own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 device and have not updated to any version of Android 5.0.X Lollipop yet, don’t hit the update button or attempt to flash it. Multiple users of these two Nexus devices are reporting that any Android 5.0.X Lollipop update is bricking their device. It appears the Android 5.0.2 update is the most problematic one, so you might want to steer clear of it.
If you’ve been waiting to get your HTC Desire EYE, One E8 or even the relatively old Butterfly S updated, the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is now available for these smartphones. Strangely enough, it is coming in from various countries, so it might take some time before Malaysian units get the update.
Microsoft rolled out a new flight for the Windows 10 for Phone preview over the weekend, and now introduced an early build of Project Spartan to the mobile OS. As promised, it also expands the number of supported smartphones and the only device from the original promised list isn’t available around these parts.
OnePlus One owners, the wait is finally over; OxygenOS is now available after it has been delayed. However, as expected, owners of the OnePlus One would have no flash it themselves as no OTA of the new ROM will be available. This can prove to be a bit tricky for the average user.